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Proposals sought for WMU writing centers conference

Dec. 3, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The East Central Writing Centers Association, the nation's oldest writing centers organization, will hold its annual conference Thursday through Saturday, March 3-5, at Western Michigan University.

The theme is "Centering Assessment: Roles, Relationships, Resistance, Respect," but organizers invite proposals about all aspects of writing center work and scholarship.

Submit proposals online by Friday, Dec. 10
East Central Writing Centers Association

The conference will feature a panel keynote discussion by four major voices in contemporary writing assessment and writing center assessment, all of whom are current or former writing center directors. In addition, WMU's Eileen Evans, vice provost for institutional effectiveness, a former director of the University's Writing Center, will present a lunch-time talk.

Members of the keynote panel are:

  • Brian Huot of Kent State University, who has written numerous writing assessment books and is the co-founder and co-editor of two writing assessment journals
  • William "Bill" Macauley of the College of Wooster, who shared the 2007 International Writing Centers Association Scholarship Best Book Award with his co-author for "Marginal Words, Marginal Work? Tutoring the Academy in the Work of Writing Centers."
  • Ellen Schendel of Grand Valley State University, who has written numerous articles on writing assessment, writing centers and writing across the curriculum.
  • Michael Williamson of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, who has written numerous writing assessment books.

For more information, visit the conference website or contact Kim Ballard, WMU Writing Center director, at kim.ballard@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4446.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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